20 Lapel Pins for Spooky Babes

I’m mildly obsessed with lapel pins right now – as is everyone with a leather jacket on Instagram apparently. If cutesy flaire of emojis and 90’s Leo DiCaprio aren’t your style, try these on for size. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite darkly beautiful and creepy cute enamel pins for all you spooky babes out there.

1. Hand Rose Card by Alice Ferrow // 2. Moth by Caitlin Stout // 3. Scorpion by Kristina Micotti // 4. Dagger by Shrimp Sauce // 5. UFO by Bermuda Press // 6. Raven Claw by Lady Bones Press // 7. Skull Moth Poppies by Shrimp Sauce // 8. Skull hands by Alida Bevirt // 9. Crescent Moon by Explorer’s Press // 10. Crying Heart by Cousins Collective // 11. Black Heart by Segovia Amil // 12. Matchstick by Knot to Self // 13. Beetle by Kristina Micotti // 14. Burning Candle by Rambling Hands // 15. Black Teardrop by Inner Decay // 16. Never Sleep by Ahoy Kollektiv // 17. Watch Your Step Coffin by Graves // 18. Raven by Jess Hrycyk // 19. Black Lipstick by TATY // 20. Burning Hand by Beeteeth

Stocking Stuffers for Strange Girls

I’m aware it’s early and wholly unlike me, but I’ve officially become stricken with the holiday spirit. But as you know, my inner strange girl won’t ever let me fully abandon Halloween. So I’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers (most under $20) you can put on your Christmas wish list that’ll still satisfy your spooky affinities.

1 // This Burned at the Stake candle couldn’t be better suited for Christmas with the sweet smell of bonfire, pine, and subtle notes of clove and spice (they’ve aptly left out the scent of burning hair and flesh).

2 // Swooning hard over this vintage anatomy journal. There’s lots of other beautiful designs suited for the lover of antique science and biology on the Cognitive Surplus site.

3 // Beauty products make great stocking stuffers, and if you’re looking for something more out of the ordinary, try any one of the handcremes from TokyoMilk’s Dark collection. I’m especially loving Arsenic right now, an intoxicating warm blend of vanilla salt, spices, and woods sharpened with cut greens and absinthe.

4 // All girls with a fondness for the Victorian love a good hand curio. This brass hand paper clip is both decorative and functional (dare I say “handy”?). The design was reproduced from a Victorian letter holder.

5 // This little embroidered bat patch is just way too cute not to have inside your Christmas stocking.

6 // Have all eyes on you with these quirky nail decals.

7 // You’ll be cute as a bug in these bettle socks from Anthropologie.

8 // These killer dagger cat eye “singlasses” are perfect for the badass babe on your Christmas list.

9 // I’m loving that lapel pins are back in style, so get ur flair on with these delightfully dark brass & copper pins featuring a coffin, planchette, and crystal.

10 // Can never have enough bewitching fragrances. The Parlor Apothecary has concocted an assortment of unique potions with intriguing names ranging from “Victorian Spirit” to “Antique Tonic” and “Alchemy Elixir”. Their set of 4 perfumes makes an ideal gift for the enchanting lady in your life.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Hope you aren’t too sad about Halloween being over, and got some fun ideas from this list for geting a head start on your Christmas shopping.

SoCal Beach Goth – Summer Wishlist

Guys, we’re fully submerged in summer now here in Southern California. The backs of my thighs stick to the office chair, the AC is on full blast through the night, and I regret neglecting my gym membership all winter and spring as I attempt to squeeze my ass into bikinis from years past. If you’re like me and aren’t totally stoked on the arrival of summer, this wishlist might get your inner beach goth excited.

1 // I just want to coverup from the sun while channeling Stevie in one of these magical fringe kimonos by She Vamps.

2 // Can never have enough bangles. I’m especially swooning over this black and gold etched stone set from Forever 21.

3 // Wide brim hats are an every day essential during summer (and all year round, if I have any say in it).

4 // Need an excessively large yet stylish bag to store all my summer survival gear in (sunblock, glass water bottle, sunglasses, touchup makeup when the heat melts it off, swimsuit for spontaneous pool hangs, portable blender for margaritas on the go, etc).

5 // Speaking of sunnies, I love these subtle cat eye sunglasses from Urban Outfitters.

6 // I have a Forever 21 ring addiction problem, but just look at this etched set!

7 // Really loving the halter bikini style right now and had to order this webbed swimsuit from Hurley. Protip: lots of items, including this one, are 50% off on Tilly’s website right now. Just got this set for $40!

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you enjoy this summer weekend to the best of your ability. ;)

Valentine’s Gifts for Your Strange Girl

I’m beyond #blessed to have a man who nurtures and encourages my weirdness. I mean, he gave me a dead skunk as a wedding present; took me to the Museum of Death for our 6 year anniversary; and during one of our early dating years I told him I didn’t want flowers for Valentine’s day, so instead he filled a mason jar with dirt and stuck in a few twigs and foxtail weeds. No one embraces my strangeness quite like this man.

Don’t know how to tell your own guy you want jewelry fashioned out of human teeth this Valentine’s day? Or don’t know what to get your odd lady? Check out my list of strange gift ideas for the girl who has everything weird.

1 // Indulge her affinity for the strange and unusual with this Freak of Nature crop top by Pretty Snake, featuring a pattern of familiar oddities and curious creatures.

2 // What girl doesn’t love getting jewelry for Valentine’s day? This beautiful buffalo tooth necklace capped with a gold filigree wrap has a special Victorian naturalist charm similar to the stag teeth jewels Prince Albert frequently gave his beloved Queen Victoria.

3 // And speaking of teeth, these human tooth rings are an especially sweet token of affection. Each real human molar is just as unique as your Valentine.

4 // Beyond the Dark Veil is a gorgeous collection of post mortem and mourning photography from the early 20th century Victorian era. Each image “speak[s] of love, loss, lives cut short, brave final hours, shattered families, and the depths of the human spirit.”

5 // This chic matte black porcelain doll head mug is the perfect gift for the freaky coffee or tea drinker in your life. She’s sure to think of you every time she takes a warm sip from it’s lifeless noggin.

6 // For Strange Women is a botanical perfume boutique that concocts scents reminiscent of antiquity and nature. Their solid scents are sold in beautiful Victorian lockets, bottles, and compacts; and the intriguing fragrance names range from “Satin Corset” to “Coyote” and “Horse”.

7 // This charming little beetle purse features a lovely screen print of a black stag beetle, a sexually ambitious insect that uses its signature antler-esque mandibles for courtship and battle against other males. So romantic.

8 // When in doubt, just get her a skull. Particularly an otter skull with gilded teeth. Bitches love skulls.

Corinne’s Christmas Wishlist

This year, I don’t want a lot for Christmas *cue Mariah Carey singing*. The practical (work-related) things I really do want are a $2,000 85mm lens and a new $300 Canon printer, but I’ve maxed out my Santa card in the past and don’t expect any of these things to be coming down the chimney for me. Alas, it’s the season of giving/getting, and without a wishlist, family and friends constantly complain they don’t know what to buy, so here’s a little round up of some knick-knacks and accessories I’ve had my eye on, and hopefully inspire you to support a few of these small businesses during your own holiday shopping.

1 // I’m absolutely obsessed with this adorable bat sleep mask by Appendage. I’ve never slept with a mask, but I might need to since too much light comes into our cave in the early morning and it’s cheaper than buying new curtains…

2 // The Sick Rose by Richard Barnet is a beautiful collection of medical illustrations documenting nineteenth century diseases. To say I need this book in my possession would be an understatement.

3 // San Diego is super spoiled with tons of talented local artisans. JaxKelly is one of those artists and I swoon over all her earrings, including these gold dipped rose quartz, every time I see them at Pigment.

4 // Madame Talbot is an illustrative genius and curio extraordinaire (I don’t think there’s an oddity shop in America that doesn’t have her work on the walls). Her Victorian gothic posters are so unique and stunningly detailed. We already have the Lincoln Ghost Train framed in our middle room and get compliments on it all the time. I’d love to hang The Everlast Embalming Fluid print by our bar.

5 // Surrounding myself with beautifully designed things is important for my creative process — and that includes pretty office supplies. I’m in love with these gold shears from Target’s Nate Berkus collection and would be pretty excited to find them in my stocking — probably more excited than anyone could ever be about scissors.

6 // Have I told you how obsessed I am with Madame Scodioli? Oh yeah, I have. Well I was ecstatic when she started making spray perfumes, especially of Elyria, my signature scent of earl grey and lavender.

7 // Okay, I don’t expect anyone to spend over $200 on shoes for me this Christmas, but I can dream. I’m on the hunt for a nice (affordable) pair of metal toed boots like these Jeffrey Campbell Bentley-2.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far and keeping sane during their Christmas shopping!